Amber Alert led to quick recovery as vehicle is spotted in traffic

Officials from the Washington State Patrol (WSP) were celebrating the quick recovery of an abducted and endangered child as a result of this morning’s AMBER Alert and applauding the public

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Federal government shutdown does not affect AMBER Alerts

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol is reminding both the public and other law enforcement agencies that the AMBER Alert system is in full operation despite the shutdown of the federal government.

 

“We’re hearing of incorrect reports on both mainstream and social media about the status of the AMBER Alert System,” said Carri Gordon, AMBER Alert Coordinator for the Washington State Patrol. “The system is in full operation, and ready to help recover an abducted child.”

 

Although there is some federal coordination of the overall AMBER Alert program, each state has its own distribution system for alerts. Washington’s alerts are distributed by a private contractor that is in no way affected by the federal government shutdown.

Amber Alert ends with teen found safe in Idaho

CASCADE, Idaho (AP) - The FBI says it's sending a team to Idaho to investigate the shooting that led to the death of a man suspected of killing a California woman and her young son and abducting her 16-year-old daughter.

Forty-year-old James Lee DiMaggio was killed Saturday after his campsite was spotted in Idaho's rugged Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

Teen found safeThe teen, Hannah Anderson, was found safe. Ada County sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Dearden says she has no apparent injuries and there are no reports of injuries among law enforcement.

At a news conference Saturday evening, Dearden said the teen and DiMaggio were spotted not far from where a horseback rider reported seeing the pair Wednesday.

Dearden said she didn't know if DiMaggio fired at officers.

Authorities offered few other details as the team from Washington, D.C., prepares to investigate.

Amber Alert for California children

An Amber Alert was activated Wednesday in Washington and Oregon, Hannah Anderson and her brother, Ethan, were last seen Aug. 3rd in California. The suspect in their disappearance is thought to be headed to Canada, possibly driving a Nissan Versa with California plates 6WCU986.

Missing Child 
Name: Ethan Anderson
Alias: 
Hair Color: SandyEye Color: Unknown
Skin Color: WhiteAge: 8 years old
Height: 4 feet 11 inchesWeight: 65 pounds
Gender: Male 
Description: 
Missing Child 
Name: Hannah Anderson
Alias: 
Hair Color: BlondeEye Color: Blue
Skin Color: WhiteAge: 16 years old
Height: 5 feet 7 inchesWeight: 115 pounds
Gender: Female 
Description: 
Suspect 
Name: James DiMaggio
Alias: 
Hair Color: BrownEye Color: Brown
Skin Color: WhiteAge: 40 years old
Height: 5 feet 9 inchesWeight: 150 pounds
Gender: Male 
Description: 

Vehicle Information
Make: NissanModel: Versa
Color: BlueInterior Color: 
License State: CALicense Text: 6WCU986
Vehicle Description:

National Telecommunicators Week, When to Call 911

The week of April 10 - 16 is National Telecommunicators Week, and Communications Officers of the Washington State Patrol want you to know when it’s the right time to call 9-1-1.

“If you need a police officer, firefighter or emergency medical help at your location, you should be calling 9-1-1,” said Mark Layhew, director of WSP’s Communications Division. “Beyond that, the list of reasons to call is pretty short.”

WSP is especially concerned about the number of people who call 9-1-1 to get road conditions or driving directions.

“We need to keep our phone lines and our dispatchers free to handle emergency calls,” said Layhew. “We would love to be helpful in other ways, but will likely end those kinds of calls very quickly with a referral to non-emergency numbers.”

Investigators Seek Public Assistance With Lindsey Baum Related Video

MCCLEARY, Wash. - The Grays Harbor County Sheriffs Department has released more video related to the Lindsey Baum investigation, one year after her dissappearance, Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott said "we are now releasing additional video of people and vehicles that have not been identified from the Shell Station videos."

Some of the video is from earlier in the day and some from later in the evening.

The Department is asking that people that recognize either of the persons or vehicle contact us at 1-866-915-8299 or at soadmin@co.grays-harbor.wa.us. Scott said "We have not identified these people so are unsure how long they were in McCleary on that date and if they may have seen anything that may be of use in the investigation."

Investigators would still like to talk to anyone who may have seen anything in McCleary between 9 and 10 pm Friday - June 26th of 2009, when the little girl failed to return to her home on Mommsen Road from a friend's house on Maple street a few blocks away.

Lindsey's family has established a couple of websites to promote the search efforts,  and www.findlindseybaum.comwww.lindseybaum.com

Lindsey will turn 12 years old on Tuesday July 7th, and is described as 4 foot-9, 80 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a grey pullover hoodie with blue jeans and black shoes.

Lindsey Baum

Baum Investigation Continues, Reward Increased

MCCLEARY, Wash. - The Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Department held a press conference yesterday announcing a surge in their efforts to recover Lindsey Baum, an 11-year-old McCleary girl who vanished while walking home from a friend's house on June 26. She's described as 4-foot-9, 80 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.

Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott said the FBI added $5,000 dollars to the reward, bringing the total to $25,000. The heightened search efforts will begin on Monday, and five trucks will be seen around the county featuring a photo of Lindsey, and the phone number 1-800-THE-LOST as part of the Washington State Patrol’s Homeward Bound program. Scott said the trucks were donated by Gordon Trucking Inc. and are parked in spaces donated by Cabinet Distributors Inc. and Simpson Timber.

Lindsey's family has established a couple of websites to promote the search efforts, www.lindseybaum.com and www.findlindseybaum.com


     Lindsey will turn 12 years old on Tuesday July 7th, and is described as 4 foot-9, 80 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a grey pullover hoodie with blue jeans and black shoes.

Lindsey Baum

6 Thousand Dollar Reward Now Offered in Search for Missing McCleary Girl

A $6,000 reward is being offered for information about last month's disappearance of an 11-year-old McCleary girl. Investigators hope someone knows something that will help authorities find Lindsey Baum. The girl vanished while walking home from a friend's house on June 26. She's described as 4-foot-9, 80 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.

Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott tells us that the Department has from 6 to 10 officers including FBI agents involved in the search daily, Scott said that the amount of tips have tapered since the initial reports of Lindsey's disappearance "We're finding stuff that we need to do to clarify or expand on information that already came in."

Scott also said that surveilance video footage from nearby stores has yet to turn up anything, adding that officers have identified some people in the footage and contacted them, not as much as person's of interest, as persons who were in the area at the time of the disappearance.

Lindsey's mother said recently that they have established a couple of websites to promote the search efforts, www.lindseybaum.com and www.findlindseybaum.com


     Lindsey turned 11 years old on Tuesday July 7th, and is described as 4 foot-9, 80 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a grey pullover hoodie with blue jeans and black shoes.

Lindsey Baum

 Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Grays Harbor Emergency 911 Center at 360-533-8765, toll free at 866-915-8299,  or the McCleary Police Department at 360-495-3107.

Search Continues For Missing McCleary Girl, Now From a Different Office

McCLEARY, Wash. - The Grays Harbor County Sheriff's department is making room for a new base of operations in the search for a missing McCleary girl.

The base of operations for the search will be in the County Sheriff's offices starting this weekend.

Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott tells KBKW that the McCleary Bear Festival this weekend required the parking and rooms that were being used to accommodate the investigators in the case. "We'll work out of here, go to McCleary as needed, and be able to follow up on leads outside of McCleary in a more organized fashion."

Officials will begin tearing down the extensive interagency efforts in McCleary, and releasing some of the 15 to 10 officers per day that have been assisting in the investigation. "We're going to have to accept that this is going to be a case that's assigned to a smaller team of officers" said Scott.

Earlier in the week deputies and investigators gave the McCleary family some breathing room on Tuesday - Lindsey's 11th birthday.  The father, Scott Baum, says he wants to see his daughter again before he deploys to Iraq. Baum is a member of the Tennessee National Guard and says he's set to deploy in a few weeks.

Scott said that video footage taken from a nearby Shell station yielded no stand-out leads, some leads are still being investigated from the video. Scott added that the footage is now being investigated by forensics teams, in hopes of enhancing some of the video.

Grays Harbor County Sheriff Mike Whelan says that investigators have received many tips, and that so far the investigation has yielded no primary suspects. "We've been sending teams of detectives out to follow up on those tips" "as far as suspects are concerned, we don't have anyone that we can say is the suspect"

Investigators would still like to talk to anyone who may have seen anything in McCleary between 9 and 10 pm Friday - june 26th when the little girl failed to return to her home on Mommsen Road from a friend's house on Maple street a few blocks away.


     Lindsey turned 11 years old on Tuesday, and is described as 4 foot-9, 80 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a grey pullover hoodie with blue jeans and black shoes.

Lindsey Baum

 Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Grays Harbor Emergency 911 Center at 360-533-8765, toll free at 866-915-8299,  or the McCleary Police Department at 360-495-3107.